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Andre Iguodala made Ali Farokhmanesh proud.

By Dan Gartland
June 03, 2019

Had to shoot it

Andre Iguodala produced another legacy-defining Finals moment Sunday night.

After the Warriors opened the second half with an 18–0 run, the Raptors saw their fourth-quarter comeback attempt fall agonizingly short. The final dagger was Iguodala’s three-pointer with 5.9 seconds to play that pushed the Golden State lead to five.

Iguodala absolutely did not need to shoot that ball. He could have passed it to let a few more seconds drip off the clock and force Toronto to foul. If he had missed the three, the Raps would have gotten the ball back down only two with plenty of time on the clock and we could very well be looking at a 2–0 Toronto lead heading out west. 

If that play looked familiar, you’re probably thinking of the 2010 NCAA tournament. Who could forget Ali Farokhmanesh’s iconic bomb to extend Northern Iowa’s lead over top-seeded Kansas?

Farokhmanesh, now an assistant coach at Colorado State, had the perfect response to Iggy’s decision to pull the trigger. 

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